This shows the geographic location of the Annapurna (Shaligram Tirtha) region.
The View from Pokhara (3000 feet above sea level) looking toward Dhaulagiri
(left - 26,000 ft)
Annapurna (in clouds - 22,000 ft) and Machhapthhre "Fish-tail" (right - 23,000 ft)
Spectacular views looking up the Kali Gandaki gorge (left) over Tatopani, and on the ground
at Tatopani with Annapurna South in the background.
A shot from the plane
Looking up the Kali Gandaki valley, (right) Tapopani.
.....another of the same region
Looking north to Jomsom from the Kali Gandaki river bed.
Jomsom area, and Jomsom STOL airport, with Nilgiri in the background. The plane is affectionately known as the Vomit Express. Just 20 mins from Pokhara flying up the highest-deepest valley in the world, sometimes battling winds of 120 Mph (200 km+) as the clouds lift causing a kind of vacuum effect propelling winds from the Tibetan plataux.
Jomsom's "Main Street" - obviously no cars etc., up here at 12,000 feet.
Bridge over the Kali Gandaki at Jomson
(....see any shilas from here.....? Come on tell me you didn't strain your eyes to see)
(left) Near to Kag Beni, north of Jomsom, where the wind never stops blowing, by day or night, and where the term "round the bend" originated. Everyone here is affected by the wind and many of the residents are more than a little crazy. (right) Nilgiri towering over the tiny township of Jomsom.
The wind that never stops....... look at the trees in the foreground right.
Kag Beni in the afternoon with the clouds coming down
The Kali Gandaki river bed north of Jomsom.
Fly by Helicopter to Muktinath or Damodar Kund
or trek to Damodar Kund
Visit Damodar Kund with us...........
Damodar Kunda pictures (Damodar Kund info')
(Damodar Kund has only this year 2003 become accessible to foreign nationals)
Take another tour with Vipramukhya Swami - March 2001
Go to Bhaktisiddhanta Swami's pilgrimage of 2002 (incredibly pictures)
More Links on visiting the region